First Congregational Church

in Bellevue, WA is
LGBTQ POlicy
Hires:
Yes
Weddings::
Yes
Ordains:
Yes
Leadership:
Yes - our Pastor for Congregational Care and Outreach, and our Music Director
Women in Leadership Policy
Preaches:
Yes
Ordains:
Yes
Governance:
Yes
Senior Pastor:
Yes
Last Updated on Nov 08, 2018
Address
11061 Northeast 2nd Street
Bellevue, WA, 98004
Leadership
Pastor:
Rev. Lisa Horst Clark
Gender:
Woman
Race:
White
Pastor:
Gender:
Race:
Related Affiliations
Network(s):
Verified Clear
Verified Clear
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Verified Clear
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What does this score mean?
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About Us

Our congregation recognizes all people are uniquely loved and valued by God. We welcome diversity of race, abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, religious backgrounds, opinion, marital status, and economic condition.

This church’s discernment process is scheduled to conclude:
Will you hire LGBTQ+ people for any ministry role? Yes
Will your church's clergy officiate a wedding for LGBTQ+ people? Yes
Will your church ordain LGBTQ+ people? Yes
Are there any LGBTQ+ people on your leadership team? Yes - our Pastor for Congregational Care and Outreach, and our Music Director
Verified Clear
Verified Clear
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Verified Clear
Verified Clear
What does this score mean?
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This church’s discernment process is scheduled to conclude:
Can women preach in the primary church service? Yes
Can women be ordained (or recommended for ordination)? Yes
Can women serve as elders or in all governing bodies? Yes
Can women serve as senior pastor/minister? Yes

Who currently serves as senior pastor or equivalent of your church? Woman

Do women and/or non-binary folks make up 50% or more of your church’s leadership team? Yes

How often do women and/or non-binary folks preach? Weekly

FAQ's About Our Appeal Process

What do you take or NOT take into account when scoring churches?

We take into account: public information available on church’s website, denomination’s website, and pastor’s statements (including social media).

We do not take into account: stories submitted by people, news articles, offline PDFs, etc.

That said, we do regularly link to the latter category of information (e.g. stories, news, PDF’s) in church entries, even if it doesn’t affect the church’s score. Feel free to email us with a story that you want to publish on our blog; we do not publish anonymous submissions.

What’s the difference between Clear and Unclear and Undisclosed?

Clear scores are given to churches whose policies can be easily found on their websites’ primary pages (e.g. About, Beliefs). The language in the policies is clear and contains all necessary information.

Unclear scores are given to churches whose policies are difficult to find on their websites (e.g. located in sermon archives, blogs). The language in the policies may also be unclear.

Undisclosed scores are given to churches whose websites provide inconclusive evidence as to the churches’ policies.

For more detail, see our Score Definitions page. Please note that we score Women in Leadership policy a bit differently than LGBTQ policy as we factor into account gender representation on leadership teams. Why? Because personnel is policy (H/T @BroderickGreer). Representation is essential.

What is the difference between Verified Clear and other scores? How does my church become Verified Clear?

All scores, except for “Verified Clear,” are assigned to churches by our volunteers based on our scoring definitions and publicly available information online. The “Verified Clear” score is the highest and best score a church can receive. It is also the only score that a church obtains by proactively self-disclosing its policies through our Verified Clear survey, which is sent to all churches that have been scored in our database. If you're a pastor at a church, email us to receive the survey.

I’m a church leader and I’d like our church website to be more clear. What can I do?

That’s great news! Take a look at our Scoring Definitions, to begin with, to understand the difference between Clear and Unclear websites. Then, read our Church Clarity resource PDF, “How to be clear: For Church leaders.” You can also email us to receive our Verified Clear survey so you can obtain the highest score available on our database.

Why is this church scored as "Unclear: Affirming"?

Please review the Score Links & Notes section for the rationale for this church's score.

There are typically two reasons. The first is that the church has a statement affirming "sexual orientation" but not "gender identity." Similarly, the church may mention they affirm people, "gay or straight," but not mention "transgender" folks.

The second reason is that the church does affirm the full LGBTQ+ spectrum, but it is hard to locate the church's affirmation statement on the church's website.

Please see our score definitions for more.

Why is this church scored as "Unclear: Egalitarian"?

If a church has an egalitarian policy, we provide a Clear or Unclear score based on whether the leadership team consists of at least 50% women and/or non-binary people. If so, then the church will get a Clear: Egalitarian score. If the senior minister is a woman, then that counts too. If not, then the church will get an Unclear: Egalitarian score. We factor representation into our scoring for Women in Leadership. Why? See this. Additionally, if it's hard to locate the leadership team on the website, then we will also score the church as Unclear.

For more see our Scoring Definitions.

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